7 Helpful Tips on Selling Your Home
Putting your house on the market is stressful. It is even more stressful if you’re not sure where to start. Many homeowners view their property not only as their home, but also as an investment. If you want to get the best return on it, consider these tips to increase your home’s value and sell it for a better price and in a shorter time.
1. Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent
You need to do plenty of research on the right real estate agent for your property. You want someone who is knowledgeable in the current market. The right agent will work hard to promote your property through the right marketing channels. They also should have perfect negotiation skills to ensure that you will sell your property for the best possible price.
Don’t neglect researching and reading reviews about agents and their companies. Their sales record will also tell you about their experience and if they can sell quickly. If you’re tempted to hire a friend, that might not be the best choice, unless you are confident in their expertise.
2. Make Necessary Repairs
One of the first things to do is fixing problems, as it’s very unlikely to sell your house for a good price and quickly if it’s not in a good condition. Check if your house has some of these common problems you may not even be aware of or have never noticed:
- Faulty HVAC units
- Wood rot
- Mold in basement or attic
- Cracks in basement walls
- Foundation cracks
- Loose flooring
- Chipped paint
3. Invest in Curb Appeal
The first thing a buyer will notice is the exterior of the property. Making upgrades to the outside is as important as to the inside.
Investing in curb appeal is one of the surest ways to increase your home’s value, but as long as it’s done properly. My friend Daria, a professional gardener from Quick Response Janitorial Services shares her expertise: “Start with tackling landscaping by trimming or adding a few trees and bushes. Plant some fresh flowers in the flower beds or add lights to the walkway. These measures to make your property more attractive require the least effort, but make a huge difference in how it looks”.
Consider adding a patio or even upgrading the garage door if you have one. Take care to fill in any cracks or holes in the lawn or driveway. Also, don’t underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint.
4. Update Appliances and Fixtures
Hopefully, you don’t need a large number of upgrades, but it’s likely that one or two would be helpful. Start with going through the house and making notes about the most important things that need improvement.
Here are a few most common and effective upgrades that increase property value:
- New shower curtains
- Touching up or replacing kitchen cabinetry
- Light fixtures
- New appliances matching the interior
- Bathroom fixtures
- Fresh paint
However, it’s best to consult with your realtor first. Some upgrades that you may think would add much to your property’s value, can be not that effective. Based on their experience, your real estate agent will give you a professional advice about what renovations it’s best to spend your money on.
5. Brighten Your Rooms
If your rooms are poorly lit, it will turn buyers away from your home. Poor lighting can come from cheaper fixtures or even the coat of paint. Use a mixture of natural and artificial light to brighten the interior of your property. You can do this by adding one or two windows, neutral color paint, and high-wattage light bulbs.
6. Hire a Professional Real Estate Photographer
There are photographers who specialize in real estate and know how to capture each room and stage it. Don’t underestimate the importance of a potential buyer’s first impression. Hire someone who can highlight the good areas of the house and touch-up the negative points.
After getting the pictures, you will pass them to your realtor, and they will use them for marketing your property on real estate sites. Quality photos will increase the number of potential buyers, which increases your chance to sell your house for an amount of money close or sometimes higher than the asking price.
7. Choose the Right Time
There’s a right time and a wrong time to sell your property. The best times are usually spring and summer seasons. You want to pick a time when fewer houses are on the market. This narrows buyers’ choice, which means they’re more likely to pick your property of all available on the market and pay a better price for it. Keep a close eye on the market and get advice from your real estate agent.